Gísli Þorgeir Kristjánsson Named 2023 Sportsperson of the Year

Gísli Þorgeir Kristjánsson named 2023 Icelandic Sportsperson of the year

At an award ceremony last night, handballer Gísli Þorgeir Kristjánsson was named 2023 Sportsperson of the Year for his achievements with SC Magdeburg and the Icelandic national team. Aside from being chosen Best Player in the German Bundesliga, Gísli Þorgeir also played a pivotal role in SC Magdeburg’s 2022-2023 EHF Champions League win.

Sportsperson of the Year

Handball player Gísli Þorgeir Kristjánsson, who plays for the German team SC Magdeburg and the Icelandic national handball team, was named the 2023 Icelandic Sportsperson of the Year at an award ceremony held last night by the Association of Sports Journalists.

This is the first time that Gísli has received the award and the third consecutive year that a handball player has been honoured with the title, Vísir reports. Gísli’s teammate at SC Magdeburg and on the national team, Ómar Ingi Magnússon, was previously honoured with the title for two consecutive years (in 2021 and 2022).

A cut above the rest

In the selection, Gísli received 500 points, 128 points more than swimmer Anton Svein McKee, who came in second place. Football player Glódís Perla Viggósdóttir finished third with 326 points. The three were a cut above the rest as far as rankings are concerned.

As noted by Vísir, Gísli enjoyed an outstanding year with SC Magdeburg. He was named Best Player of the German Bundesliga and Most Valuable Player of the 2022-2023 EHF Champions League final weekend, which SC Magdeburg won. Gísli scored six goals in the final against Kielce, despite having dislocated his shoulder in the semifinal against Barcelona the day before. He was also the seventh-highest scorer in the Champions League with 87 goals.

Additionally, Gísli played a key role in the Icelandic national team, which finished 12th at the World Championship in Poland and Sweden.

Sportsperson of the Year Rankings:

  1. Gísli Þorgeir Kristjánsson, handball, 500 points
  2. Anton Sveinn McKee, swimming, 372 points
  3. Glódís Perla Viggósdóttir, football, 326 points
  4. Andrea Kolbeinsdóttir, athletics, 101 points
  5. Sveindís Jane Jónsdóttir, football, 94 points
  6. Elvar Már Friðriksson, basketball, 93 points
  7. Jóhann Berg Guðmundsson, football, 73 points
  8. Sóley Margrét Jónsdóttir, powerlifting, 69 points
  9. Thelma Aðalsteinsdóttir, gymnastics, 53 points
  10. Snæfríður Sól Jórunnardóttir, swimming, 47 points

Ómar Ingi Magnússon Voted Athlete of the Year

Handball

Handball player Ómar Ingi Magnússon has been voted Athlete of the Year for the second year running, RÚV reports. Ómar Ingi led his team Magdeburg to a German Championship in 2022 and also played a key role for the Icelandic national team at this year’s European Handball Championships.

Top scorer at the 2022 EURO

Each year, the Association of Icelandic Sports Journalists presents its Athlete of the Year award. Yesterday, the honorary title was bestowed upon handballer Ómar Ingi Magnússon for the second year running.

Ómar Ingi was the top scorer at this year’s 2022 European Men’s Handball Championship, which took place between January 13 and January 30. Iceland finished sixth in the tournament, and Ómar scored 59 goals, twelve more than Denmark’s Mikkel Hansen.

Ómar Ingi plays right back (right winger) for the German team Magdeburg. This year, he led the team to their first Handball-Bundesliga (HBL) title in 21 years. During the campaign, Ómar Ingi became the second-highest scoring player in the German league and was voted the league’s best player by a wide margin. This fall, Ómar Ingi also helped Magdeburg win the IHF Men’s Super Globe.

Magdeburg currently sits in fourth place in the German league. Gísli Þorgeir Kristjánsson, who also plays for the team, received the third most votes in this year’s selection.

As noted by RÚV, this is the eleventh time that a handball player has been voted Athlete of the Year. Aron Pálmarsson was the last handballer to receive the honorary award in 2012.

Voting results (points tally):

Ómar Ingi Magnússon, handball – 615
Glódís Perla Viggósdóttir, football – 276
Gísli Þorgeir Kristjánsson, handball – 273
Guðmundur Ágúst Kristjánsson, golf – 172
Anton Sveinn McKee, swimming – 164
Sandra Sigurðardóttir, football – 136
Elvar Már Friðriksson, basketball – 85
Kristín Þórhallsdóttir, powerlifting – 73
Tryggvi Snær Hlinason, basketball – 65
Viktor Gísli Hallgrímsson, handball / Hilmar Örn Jónsson, athletics – 62
Sveindís Jane Jónsdóttir, football – 50
Snorri Einarsson, skiing – 43
Perla Sól Sigurbrandsdóttir, golf – 43
Bjarki Már Elísson, handball – 30
Hákon Arnar Haraldsson, football – 26
Dagný Brynjarsdóttir, football – 24
Guðni Valur Guðnason, athletics – 19
Thelma Aðalsteinsdóttir, gymnastics / Sóley Margrét Jónsdóttir, powerlifting – 9
Thelma Björg Björnsdóttir, parasports – 6
Hilmar Snær Örvarsson, parasports / Guðlaug Edda Hannesdóttir and Eygló Fanndal Sturludóttir, weightlifting. – 5
Jóhann Berg Guðmundsson, football – 3
Valgarð Reinhardsson, gymnastics – 2
Guðrún Brá Björgvinsdóttir, golf – 1